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Found An Oversight on First Attempted Recipe
on June 13, 2012
I am completely new to home ice cream making. I bought a home ice cream maker recently and ordered three ice cream books from Amazon and set out to enjoy and explore this new culinary frontier. I thought I'd attempt the pumpkin pie ice cream in Sweet Cream and Sugar Cones, just simple enough in technique for a novice to try with a reasonable ingredient list.
I gathered my ingredients and scanned the recipe to be certain that I understood the technique. I set out to unravel the mysteries of ice cream. Then I noticed I had an ingredient left over. No where in the recipe does the book state when to incorporate the pumpkin puree. In a pumpkin pie ice cream! I read the recipe 3 times completely while doubting my literacy skills. No, it isn't in there. So after I'd tempered my eggs and whisked them into the hot cream, I added the puree. My ice cream turned out smooth, rich, and creamy, but I have no idea when I was supposed to incorporate the ingredient. It blows my mind that out of three cookbooks, I'd pick the errant recipe on my first try. If not for this flub, I'd give the book 5 stars.
It is a nice hardback of the variety that will lie flat on your countertop while you work. The photographs of the ice cream will not fail to make you salivate all over the pages. It has a nice intro to ingredients and equipment for the ice cream kitchen and then progresses to a primer on ice cream techniques, including information on additional cold desserts such as granitas or even making a cake to layer your yummy ice cream on.
The sections are divided by flavors: vanilla, caramel, chocolate, coffee and tea, nuts, berries, citrus, herbs and spices, and tropical fruits. There are handy boxed asides in many recipes to educate you about particular ingredients or techniques pertaining to that particular recipe. You'll also find primers on how to make caramel and other add ins. It is a nice starter guide to get your feet wet, provided you read the entire recipe first to catch any potential oversights.
There are more conventional flavors such as vanilla and chocolate to please the masses, but you will also find recipes that are off the beaten path: green tea ice cream, toasted coconut ice cream, and tangerine granita. I think the book is a winner and will explore it a bit more...after I recover from the pumpkin puree incident today.